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There is no joy in Mudville, as they say. Albany, after only about six months of Democratic control of the Senate, which had belonged to Republicans for over forty years, has appeared to flip back over to the GOP after a wild and inane series of strange procedures that had Democrats running for the doors, turning out the lights and had Senators releasing a half dozen contradictory press releases. Apparently Democratic Senators Monserrate and Espada Jr. brokered a deal with Republicans, with help of wealthy former Democratic backer Tom Golisano, to caucus with the Republicans to unseat pro-gay Democratic Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith from Queens, and create a power-sharing deal with both parties holding some control. The Bronx's Espada--who has had a troubled past being fined for not correctly reporting campaign contributions--will become the first Latino president of the Senate, and former Senate Majority leader, Republican Dean Skelos from Long Island will become the Vice President and Majority leader.

Monserrate and Espada, however, are both stating they are remaining Democrats, which still puts Senate control squarely in the hands of the democrats 32-30. Senate Majority Leader-in-Exile Malcolm Smith has released a statement saying that he is still the Majority Leader and that this illegal move will be contested in court. It looks like we've got a long night ahead of us, so stay tuned.


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Chris Geidner: In Iowa, judges are ousted.

Via Chris Geidner's Poliglot blog at Metro Weekly:


In Iowa, which declared Iowa's marriage ban unconstitutional under the state's constitution in 2009, the National Organization for Marriage got one of its first electoral victories this year. The judicial retention elections appear to have resulted in the replacement of all three justices up for a vote this year.

Here, as of 3:35 a.m. and with 1767 out of 1774 precincts reporting, are the Iowa Secretary of State's election results:

Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!